Breast cancer radiation after 70? What options have you considered?

Posted by beazerholt45 @beazerholt45, Nov 9, 2021

What options have you considered? No radiation – arimidex only? Is partial breast radiation an option.
ACS states women over 70 e certain breast ca characteristics may consider no radiation. Your experience in making a decision to skip radiation for anti-estrogen to only..

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@auntieoakley

It’s a blood test

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How soon after started and how often?

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I don’t know how soon, but I had it yearly.

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I’m 79. Had bilateral lumpectomies in July; radiation in late September. My oncologist suggested he have the Onco test run. Excellent results. On Letrozole since 11/1. So far, so good.
Started counseling.
My PCP gave me a prescription for PT. Walking and exercising almost every day. Eating as healthily as I know – I have HYPOglycemia. My bone scan came back with more good news.
All-in-all, I feel lucky and grateful.

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@auntieoakley

I am really glad he said go ahead and quit. Just an FYI, black cohosh Is also very high in estrogens. I am so happy for you.

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Chris, are you suggesting that those of us on AIs should avoid products containing Black Cohosh? When my breast cancer was discovered and I was taken off of hormone therapy, the Women’s Health physician at Mayo advised taking Nature’s Way AM/PM Menopause Formula to help with symptoms. This contains Black Cohosh. I am now a year out from the diagnosis and I a, wondering if I should try life without it.

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@joiful

I’m 79. Had bilateral lumpectomies in July; radiation in late September. My oncologist suggested he have the Onco test run. Excellent results. On Letrozole since 11/1. So far, so good.
Started counseling.
My PCP gave me a prescription for PT. Walking and exercising almost every day. Eating as healthily as I know – I have HYPOglycemia. My bone scan came back with more good news.
All-in-all, I feel lucky and grateful.

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Joli
Sorry, What is PT and who is PSP? My bilateral was also in July . Have you done MRI after surgery when the margin is defined? What grade was your cancer? We decided avoid radiation, assuming will effect my AFIB -heart arrhythmia !
Started Tamoxifen in October. Will see….

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@monigue

Joli
Sorry, What is PT and who is PSP? My bilateral was also in July . Have you done MRI after surgery when the margin is defined? What grade was your cancer? We decided avoid radiation, assuming will effect my AFIB -heart arrhythmia !
Started Tamoxifen in October. Will see….

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PT = Physical Therapy; PCP = Primary Care Physician. Stage 1 IDC; stage 2 ILC. No MRI as yet.

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@sessooner

Chris, are you suggesting that those of us on AIs should avoid products containing Black Cohosh? When my breast cancer was discovered and I was taken off of hormone therapy, the Women’s Health physician at Mayo advised taking Nature’s Way AM/PM Menopause Formula to help with symptoms. This contains Black Cohosh. I am now a year out from the diagnosis and I a, wondering if I should try life without it.

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When your doctor told you to avoid soy products, it’s because he was referring to natural estrogens. Black cohosh isn’t exactly an estrogen but there is evidence that it activates estrogens within the body. This is why products like estroven include doses of soy and black cohosh, there are many other natural products that create estrogens or activate them in the body. If you read about phytoestrogens, it is amazing what you can learn. They are definitely a mixed curse/blessing. I think life is a balance ours is just a little more precarious. The formula you take is definitely less dangerous to you than estrogen replacement therapy would be.

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@joiful

I’m 79. Had bilateral lumpectomies in July; radiation in late September. My oncologist suggested he have the Onco test run. Excellent results. On Letrozole since 11/1. So far, so good.
Started counseling.
My PCP gave me a prescription for PT. Walking and exercising almost every day. Eating as healthily as I know – I have HYPOglycemia. My bone scan came back with more good news.
All-in-all, I feel lucky and grateful.

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I LOVE THIS POST!!! This gave me a terrific smile, and made my heart sing that you are doing so well!

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@joiful

I’m 79. Had bilateral lumpectomies in July; radiation in late September. My oncologist suggested he have the Onco test run. Excellent results. On Letrozole since 11/1. So far, so good.
Started counseling.
My PCP gave me a prescription for PT. Walking and exercising almost every day. Eating as healthily as I know – I have HYPOglycemia. My bone scan came back with more good news.
All-in-all, I feel lucky and grateful.

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Great report! I’m interested in your experience w Radiation..what type, whole breast? For how long?, any negative effects?

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I think i reported this somewhere but don't see it. I'm 80. I just finished radiation. I had a lumpectomy, chemo and then 30 sessions of radiation. I had some general discomfort from the radiation but it was mild and I had no fatigue. I had a tumor less than 2cm and 2 lymph nodes involved. If I ever had to, I would do the radiation again, but chemo made me so miserable I would skip it, except for Herceptin.

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@raebaby

I think i reported this somewhere but don't see it. I'm 80. I just finished radiation. I had a lumpectomy, chemo and then 30 sessions of radiation. I had some general discomfort from the radiation but it was mild and I had no fatigue. I had a tumor less than 2cm and 2 lymph nodes involved. If I ever had to, I would do the radiation again, but chemo made me so miserable I would skip it, except for Herceptin.

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Raebaby, you can see all the posts you've made by going to your Profile. Simply click on your name @raebaby and then click "Comments".

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